Ceramic or clay supplies
Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:42 AM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 08:43 PM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 09:57 PM
Mexico merchants haven't caught up with online marketing yet but there are some out there. The way it generally works is you consult with them by email and it will usually have to be in spanish so get yourself a good translator program like wordmagic. Once you contract to buy and get the price, the company sends you their bank info and you go to a local branch and deposit cash into their account. Then they ship to you usually via Estafeta.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:16 AM
My search has just started, and I was hoping for a few leads from people that have been here awhile, that perhaps know local artisans... I'll keep asking around for my "mud" and I'll keep y'all posted.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 01:46 PM
Not sure if anyone will be able to help me with this, but never hurts to ask. I finally have my ceramic art studio set up, and I'm in need of supplies. Specifically, raw clay. Either already mixed, or powder. Anyone have an idea of where I can get my hands on some? Thanks!
Check out: Cancun Papeleria 2000 it's about 2 blocks from the downtown bus terminal. They have 3 floors of most anything needed in arts & craft supplies.
One of the pages on their website shows blocks of different colors of clay, just not a lot of details on items.
The next best bet would be to check Merida's websites.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:03 PM
Truck transport from just about anywhere in Mexico to Playa is way cheaper than in the US in my experience. Typically the cost of getting the truck over on the ferry and back doubles the price it would cost to have it shipped only to the mainland coast.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:31 PM
I will contact my ceramic friend and see if she has since found a more local source for her clay instead of shipping from the US. Out of interest, what clay body are you looking for? With all the seaweed available you could really do some great pit or barrel firing if you have a yard.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:48 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:59 PM
Posted 16 May 2011 - 07:23 AM
A. P. Green Missouri Fireclay
H.C. Spinks #5
Ione Grog (35 mesh)
~Ceramics Monthly Feb. 2000 issue
Article on Blair Meerfeld by Marty Mitchell
Wish you the best of luck in your search.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 01:37 PM
Still waiting to receive an email reply from my friend. It would be awesome to raku on the beach.. or pit fire there, but considering the police won't allow anyone to even have a small flame to roast marshmellows over, I think they'd haul your tookas off to jail if they saw the blaze a raku fire would cause; or a stiff fine at the very least. It's fun to dream though. I'm jealous Erin is embarking on creating ceramic art in paradise!!!! PEA GREEN GIRL!!!!
Posted 16 May 2011 - 03:17 PM
I find my little electric kiln the best way to get the results I want. And the police will never know
My scavenger hunt continues... As for making my own clay - sounds like more ingredients that aren't readily available/easily attainable. And this is just a hobby, not a business venture
Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:58 AM
Hahah so many questions I know, cool that another artist is on the board!
Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:20 AM
Spread your net wide in your search. Mexico is a big country and they make a heck of a lot of pottery.Plus, as I said, shipping by truck within Mexico is surprisingly inexpensive and you won't pay import taxes and aduana fees (typically minimum $2000 or so pesos for looking at a single consolidated order).
Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:53 AM
I have a clay source for you that operates out of Mexico City. My ceramic friend that lives on the island is looking the number and name up this afternoon and going to get it to me sometime today or tonight (she has a toddler son and is very busy). She isn't part of this board, and I'm sorry it's taken so long to get this info to you, but being the middle person, I guess being patient is the key to passing things along this way. At least you won't have to worry about shipping from the US huh?
Posted 18 May 2011 - 12:43 PM
Things are looking up. Thanks for being the middle (wo)man. Patience is something that I have an abundance of
Posted 20 May 2011 - 10:33 AM
Still waiting on the info. from my friend, maybe she has lost the info. She said she hasn't produced in 3 years because of the baby/toddler. She said she would be willing to sell you what she has leftover though. Let me know if you are interested in that.
In the meantime, I found a showroom in the US (Clay Arts Artesanal) that features ceramic work from the town of Delores Hildago, Mexico (Talavera ware). The man I spoke with in the US said it shouldn't be a problem ordering clay from the factory there and having it shipped to you. He said he would call me back with info about setting this up, but it would probably be better if you made direct contact. Here is the number in the states to call to work it out: 888 836 8588
Posted 20 May 2011 - 01:51 PM
Also, thanks for the number for the clay factory, I'll give them a call early next week to see what they can do.
Thank you so much for helping me!
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